Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Size and depth on the blueline
  • Wingers with a wide range of skills
Weaknesses
  • Lack of size, depth down the middle
  • No bonafide power play QB on the blueline
  • Lack of elite goaltending prospect

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Laurent Brossoit Pro 7.0 C
2. Frans Tuohimaa Europe 6.5 C
3. Niko Hovinen Europe 6.5 D
4. Tyler Bunz Pro 6.5 D
5. Zach Nagelvoort NCAA 6.5 D
6. Keven Bouchard CHL 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Tyler Pitlick Pro 6.5 B
2. Iiro Pakarinen Europe 6.0 C
3. Kellen Jones NCAA 6.0 C
4. Antti Tyrvainen Europe 6.0 C
5. John McCarron NCAA 6.0 C
6. Jackson Houck CHL 6.0 D

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Mitchell Moroz CHL 7.0 C
2. Jujhar Khaira CHL 7.0 C
3. Curtis Hamilton Pro 6.0 C
4. Anton Slepyshev Europe 6.0 C
5. Evan Campbell NCAA 6.0 D
6. Aidan Muir Junior 5.5 D
7. Kale Kessy Pro 5.0 D

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Leon Draisaitl CHL 8.0 C
2. Marco Roy CHL 7.0 D
3. Bogdan Yakimov Europe 6.5 C
4. Greg Chase CHL 6.5 C
5. Kyle Platzer CHL 6.5 D
6. Tyler Vesel NCAA 6.5 D
7. Travis Ewanyk Pro 6.0 C
8. Andrew Miller Pro 6.0 C
9. Liam Coughlin Junior 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Darnell Nurse CHL 8.0 C
2. Martin Marincin Pro 7.5 B
3. Oscar Klefbom Pro 7.5 C
4. Dillon Simpson Pro 7.0 C
5. Martin Gernat Pro 7.0 D
6. David Musil Pro 7.0 D
7. Brandon Davidson Pro 6.5 C
8. Erik Gustafsson (2012) Europe 6.5 C
9. Joey LaLeggia NCAA 6.5 C
10. William Lagesson Europe 6.5 C
11. Brad Hunt Pro 6.0 C
12. Ben Betker CHL 5.5 D

Tyler Pitlick and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins among the standouts for Edmonton

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Photo: Slovak Martin Marincin is one of several defensemen in the Oilers prospect pool who can potentially develop into a solid top-four option. (Photo courtesy of Paul Hebert/Icon SMI)

Below is the inaugural edition of Hockey's Future's prospect awards. There is a particularly diverse group of recipients, a reflection on an Edmonton prospect pool that is amidst a full rebuild.

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Oscar Klefbom headlines Edmonton’s group of European prospects

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Photo: After playing the 2009-10 season int he WHL, Toni Rajala returned to the SM-liiga where he has played since. In 2011-12, Rajala managed 16 goals and 13 assists with Ilves Tampere. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL)

Outside of 2011 first round pick Oscar Klefbom, the picture in Europe and in the NCAA for the Oilers is one of depth prospects and long shots. This is in part due to a preference for CHL players in the Stu McGregor draft era, and in part due to some of the higher quality Europeans and college picks (like Tyler Pitlick, Martin Marincin, and Martin Gernat) making the move to the CHL after they were drafted. Beyond Klefbom, for whom the organization has high hopes, any of these players who become even a quality depth NHL player would be considered a bonus for the team.

Europe

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Edmonton Oilers netted several solid NHLers from 2007 draft

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Photo: Taken sixth overall in 2007, Sam Gagner may finally be starting to realize his immense offensive potential. In his last three games, Gagner has six goals and six assists including an eight point night on February 2nd. (Photo courtesy of NHL)

With a trio of picks in the first round, including the sixth pick overall, expectations were high for the Oilers to be able to pluck some key pieces in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Five years out, the results are disappointing to say the least.

Despite picking sixth, 15th, and 21st (after trading up from 30th and adding the 36th to make the move), the Oilers have emerged with only one quality NHL player from that bunch, Sam Gagner. The other two selections, Alex Plante and Riley Nash respectively, have been disappointments and may not ever become NHL regulars. It was also the last draft ran by former Oilers Head Scout Kevin Prendergast.

Sam Gagner, C, London (OHL) – 1st Round, 6th overall
Status: NHL Player
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Large, talented group populates Edmonton Oilers’ minor-league system

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Photo: After a period of adjustment, Curtis Hamilton has looked solid in his first year of AHL play. Hamilton projects into a talented, multi-tool forward who could possibly complement star forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Jordan Eberle. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Oklahoma City Barons are the AHL's top team with a 22-8-1-3 record. The days of the Edmonton Oilers' farm teams being bottom feeders is long gone as the club has made a point both this season and last to put a winning team on the ice, committing to older players and AHL veterans rather than rely exclusively on young prospects. This season, led by players like Ryan Keller, Josh Green, Bryan Helmer, and Yann Danis, the Barons are the team to beat.
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Talent on blue line leads CHL pool for Edmonton Oilers

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Photo: Tobias Rieder is currently among the top offensive prospects in the OHL. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

The Edmonton Oilers have looked to the North American junior ranks (specifically the CHL) early and often in the four years since Stu MacGregor took over as Head Scout. As a result, there has been a tremendous amount of quality and quantity at the junior level for the exciting young club, players who will be pushing for roster spots at the pro level sooner than later. Many have graduated in recent years and are either pushing for a spot with the big club, or are established as NHL regulars already. There are still 10 junior level players in the Oilers system, many of whom are having very nice starts to their 2011-12 campaigns.

WHL

David Musil, D, Vancouver Giants
Acquired: 2nd round (31st overall) in 2011
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